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11 REDBLACKS named to CFL East all-star team

Eleven Ottawa REDBLACKS have been named to the CFL’s East Division all-star team, it was announced Wednesday.

After finishing first in the East in the regular season, the REDBLACKS are well-represented on all three sides of the ball on the all-star squad, including sweeping all three special teams positions.

The REDBLACKS on the all-star team include:

OFFENCE

  • Running back William Powell
    • Had a career high 1,362 rushing yards in 16 games this season, along with six touchdowns.
  • Receiver Brad Sinopoli
    • Recorded his fourth-straight season with at least 1,000 yards with 1,376 while setting the CFL record for completions by a Canadian with 116.
  • Receiver Greg Ellingson
    • Also had his fourth-straight thousand-yard campaign, with 1,086 yards on 91 catches, along with five touchdowns.
  • Offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers
    • The veteran left tackle was his usual steady presence anchoring the Ottawa offensive line, starting 17 games.
  • Offensive lineman Alex Mateas
    • After making the move to centre last year, Mateas solidified his grasp on the role in 2018, while playing in 17 games.

DEFENCE

  • Defensive lineman A.C. Leonard
    • A key off-season signing for the REDBLACKS, Leonard had a career-high 49 defensive tackles and six sacks this season.
  • Defensive back Jonathan Rose
    • The third-year REDBLACK had 45 defensive tackles and was tied for the league-lead with five interceptions.
  • Defensive back Rico Murray
    • The first-year REDBLACK had 55 defensive tackles and was tied with Jonathan Rose with five interceptions.

Special Teams

  • Kicker Lewis Ward
    • Turned heads throughout the CFL as the rookie REDBLACKS kicker set the all-time professional football record for consecutive field-goal completions, finishing the year with 48-straight.
  • Punter Richie Leone
    • Leone’s accurate leg helped the REDBLACKS dictate field position for much of the season. Leone was also a key part of Lewis Ward’s record year as the kicker’s holder.
  • Returner Diontae Spencer
    • The speedy receiver was at a threat every time he was kicked, finishing the year with 849 punt return yards and  815 yards on kickoff returns.

The Division All-Stars were selected by members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches. The CFL league-wide all-stars will be announced in December.

These all-stars will be in action on Sunday, November 18 at 1 p.m. when they host the East Division semi-final at TD Place. Great seats are still available and are available by clicking here, calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at the Box Office at TD Place.